Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bees, Butts and Bike Chronicles..grab a cup a joe for this one.

Happy October my friends. Tis the season of candy galore. Ahhh....the beauty of it all. My mother DENIED me of candy as a child hence the infatuation with it. And Gerry, don't you deny this. Remember how you used to pick through my Halloween candy and throw out the BEST STUFF, lick-a-sticks, NowandLaters,Lemon Heads Wax lips and candy cigarettes. I'm scarred from this. Right now I have sugar coated jelly pumpkins under my bed that I bought at the apple farm stand . A rather large bag of them I might add. And guess what everyone??? For her birthday Sept 8th, I sent her an exquisite assortment of CHOCOLATES from Dean and Deluca. Ha! EMBRACE THE CANDY!!!

I've been very productive this week catching up on my my blog reading. My brand new Thule rack is installed on my car. My Cervelo "issue" is solved (more on this later) and I'm working on lane mate suits for our MIT Masters Lane 3 squad just for kicks. Wanna see? Well it really starts with my friend Katie. I never know what to get her for her birthday and who couldn't use a custom made Splishy?

So since she is the official leader of the lane, I thought the suit should sport all our lane mates on it. Katie HATES kicking and IBB means- In Before Bill (our coach). If he strolls in and catches you squandering away warm up time socializing BOOM! The lane gets punished. Usually by giving us some junky fly set. Also he (tried) to post on KT's Lane 3 blog anonymously as "Stinging Bee". It took us a nanosecond to figure out who was leaving the rouge comments.

And here's one of male suits I made. This one's for Bob. No room for all the late mates so I kept it simple. I love swimming with BB. I am cranky come morning masters and BB is never cranky which in turn makes me a tad bit less cranky when he's there. I've got 5 more suits to create and hopefully everyone will order one and we will be DA BOMB in lane 3. You can bet your Stinging bee a$$!

Speaking of asses. Mine has been chronically sore for a long time. I just thought I'd share that with you. I went to have an MRI on my lower half to see what is nagging me there and come to find out, the radiology report said:

Significant strain of the hamstring on insersion into the Elvis.. I mean PELVIS.
I do not consider this anything new or even actually an injury. I've just had it for so long and all my other injuries totally overshadowed a sore butt so I just learned to live with the discomfort.
As a dental professional, normally I would sit on a stool to treat patients and now I stand and have been FOR MONTHS. If I'm in the car for more than an hour, I want to crawl out the sunroof if I don't have my lacrosse ball rolling around under my a$$ to loosen up my bum. But the worse part is, my running stride is not a stride. It's an old lady shuffle and it's due to the lack of flexibility I have. It doesn't matter how much I warm up or stretch, my flexibility is so limited back there my knees barely lift. Pathetic. But not for long....

I went to a sports medicine/ soft tissue chiro last night who dug to China working on the scar tissue in there and electro stim-ed me and sent me on my way armed with hamstring strengthening exercises. Ahhhhhhh. It felt soo good! The combo of deep tissue massage and seeing Dr Michaud over the next 6 weeks and I should be Cirque du Soleil- good in no time!

And lastly, my bike!
For the ENTIRE SUMMER folks, I've been riding an aerodynamic, carbon fiber sleek road machine that has been sucking the ever loving power out of my legs. YES.. I AM BLOND and why couldn't I figure this out???? Well I did... It just took me a while.

Because I am a new Cervelo owner and have not taken much notice of the rear cutout where your tire goes in the frame
and when I was OFF the bike both the front and back wheels

spun freely. The brakes where always checked and made sure that they were seated properly.

But here's the catch:

When ON the bike and PRESSURE (as in TGP's big 'o butt) was placed on the saddle/rear part of the carbon frame, the wheel was seated too far up into the frame and it was RUBBING on the inside of the carbon wheel cut out. You could not hear ANYTHING as in rubbing noise so I just chalked it up to needing compact cranks that I've been so accustomed to and just can't handle the gearing of the 53 up front and that I am a wuss.

So, come to find out, the screws in the frame were loose and that is why the tire wasn't seated correctly and the probable cause for why I sucked at time trialing this summer riding this nightmare while feeling like my legs were going to EXPLODE and feeling like a loser who couldn't manage her swanky new bike gearing was the effect of this. It's all just a memory now and one can continue to justify the purchase instead of staring at it in the corner collecting expenstive dust.


Bring on the candy apples and fall crisp air this weekend!!!!! Oh.. and less of a butt ache one can hope. :-)


Anonymous said...

Wow: love the new suits. Not sure if BB will wear something that isn't covered with floral.

Love the Stinging Bee! Certainly creates quite a buzz

Stinging_bee said...

Wow... what colorful suits... and what an inspiration for Lane Pride.

Not sure about BB's suit, as for oen thing it does not include a floral or psychedelic color scheme. But maybe if you increased the Text size... almost across his whole cheek...That would be awesome!

The stinging bee is awesome, but maybe the stinger could be larger!
Stinging bee rocks! Fabulous!

Cathy said...

G'ster this weekend??????? You KNOW you wanna!

kerrie said...

i'm sorry, but i'm laughing....just imagine how fast you'll be on the bike now!! i always swear that my bottom bracket is seizing up and i'm devastated when it isn't the case. now i have something else to look for :)
and fwiw, my mom also didn't give me candy as a kid, she convinced me that carob was chocolate until i was around 10. what a sad, sheltered life i led....i am making up for it big time now though!!

GoBigGreen said...

My honey and I have noticed that the world us slowly getting on the pre halloween sugar high. Yes we have closet candy as well!!
Re the suits !!! Super cute!!
Re the butt. Pay attn I had that and overstretchung is a no no, but mine was pretty bad. Hamstring tendonopathy.
Fb message me cuz I could write a book on it and I don't want to unless you want to hear it:)
happy October:)

Kennyo said...

Kenny here, I am new to the triathlon world, I was looking for a site that had alot of triathletes blogs on it, I couldn't find it so I started putting one together....
I have your site there, if you don't want it there let me know..


GetBackJoJo said...

I was scarred by having to drink powdered milk.
I just thought I'd share that. You may never have tried powdered milk. I don't recommend you try it.
I wasn't denied candy, but I still have a problem with it! Especially Kit Kats. and peanut M&Ms. and Twix. etc.
Wow. I can't believe you rode all summer like that...
Hopefully you'll soon be like lightning with your like-new ass and a smoother ride!

Anonymous said...

FYI-those set screws do not have to be tight, they are just used to align your rear wheel. Use your skewer to tighten the wheel in place.

Trigirlpink said...

Hi Anonymous person!
Yes.. In fact the screws just needed to be put in place (again) and a bit of loktight to hold them plus getting rid of the crappy indoor trainer skewer when I ride outside should do the trick!

Wess said...

Tom Michaud is the best... The King! He has gotten me back running when I thought nothing could help (in years past). I haven't seen him in a while (just due to the proximity of his office to my home - bummer) but thinking about making the trek again soon... need his magic!
Good luck! Happy fall, although it freakin' snowed yesterday.